Kundalini is a feminine energy, it is often portrayed as a coiled serpent protecting the base of the spine. When this dormant energy flows and surges up through the Chakras, a Kundalini awakening occurs. This energy surge leads to an expanded state of consciousness. Sometimes uncomfortable, because we as humans spend a lot of time in our heads, it can lead to great waves of healing.
I am currently on a 40 day Sadhana journey, it includes a daily meditation, reading & journaling, and a Kundalini practice. I usually favor to leave this practice to very alone time in my place. With the rush of the spring season lately, I'm struggling to keep up with slowing down intentionally. Thank goodness for my Sadhana practice. I really don't know where or what I would be carrying around emotionally and energetically without it. Practicing Kundalini before bedtime helps my energy to process everything as I sleep. I'm not sleeping that soundly, but I'm getting more hours together than I was before this practice began.
Today I am at day 20. With only one day skipped on the Kundalini practice. I just wasn't feeling well that day, and decided stirring up more energy did not sound appealing. I was able to find gratitude for the practice once I gave myself a break. What I love so much, is that with this program I'm on - the Kundalini video has some pretty beautiful things to say. And I am using the phrases as new affirmations for each day in order to amplify the effect of their intake. One saying is that by practicing different yogas, and meditations, giving back time to our souls; we affirm our dreams. We commit to them being a part of our outer reality, and not something we keep only on the inside.
I keep my dreams to myself. I think this is why they have stayed dreams. One thing I'm starting to understand from this Kundalini journey is that I am a soul built for movement. Before having this practice, whenever I got upset, all I wanted was to curl into the fetal position and amplify the emotion and pain. Sit into it and if I could let it devour me. This practice is teaching me Aparigraha, letting go or practicing non-attachment. I've been preaching it in my yoga classes for years, but haven't attached to the experience myself. And yet here I am, a midst a self love journey. Wondering who I am and asking the universe to bring me back my clarity.
Sometimes we take obstacles around our dreams because we don't feel that they deserve recognition. Or that the dreams presence themselves aren't worthy in our reality. We get so caught up in our outer world that we forget the driving force's significance within us. What our souls mission actually is. Who are we to judge what each of our souls are called to be. Who is anyone to judge.
For years, I've lived behind a mask. Leaving my opinions and feelings for only my subconscious to decipher. But today I proclaim I am tired. Tired of living an ordinary life. I never expected anything to be perfect. I learned that a long time ago. That imperfection is the only worthy adversary for life’s existence. If I strived to be ordinary and plan only what I do if I fail, then I am only giving into the fears and doubts of failure of success. I'd rather live my life in the open, illuminating every portion of my life with awareness. Don't give up before you fail. What is the purpose of life if you do? Find another way, dig deeper and ask within you for guidance. Because there is an intelligence and a force greater than any of us could ever think up. A rhythm that our life was set course on and we these emotions that arise along the ride are straight messages from our soul. Do not deny them. When others dislike them, disapprove, or don't understand. Stand your ground. Feel your experience, we are the most anxious when we choose to live in the future. Stay here in the now. This is where your life exists.
- My food for thought community journaling adventure:
Ask yourself, out loud or in journal -
If you woke up with one day to live tomorrow - would you regret anything you didn't do today?
The intention behind Kundalini yoga is to allow it to occur spontaneously. When the body is ready. So rather than force myself through this Kundalini journey, I had to figure out more about how to let go. To live Aparigraha within my life’s mission. Let my emotions flood when needed for now. For in order for myself to move on and expand, I have to slow down and release whatever doesn’t serve my journey. It’s strange how fast the things you feel serve you can change. Especially when you are stirring up dormant benign energy.
To those wondering, Kundalini yoga is very different from Vinyasa, Bikram or Hatha yoga, which are most commonly practiced in western cultures. These yogas are more about postures and some of them flow; where as Kundalini is about calling upon your creative free spirit energy to move more freely. When I was researching deeper, I discovered many say it’s really specific how you build a kundalini awakening. So I encourage you to take a guided class in some way. Online or in a studio. I recently learned of a Kundalini studio near me called SatNam. They have 90 minute classes and even serve you tea after. I can’t wait to lengthen the experience of unraveling the serpent in an in studio class soon. If only we could crawl ourselves out of winter!
I cannot wait for summer days where my clothes again stick to me and the summer heat just won’t let up. Having not been raised in a place with snowy winters, it’s a delight to have all four seasons in full spring. I’m in my second year of this life transition. And I’ll admit its chilly and there are days this Vata soul CANNOT get warm. But there is something you learn about yourself in winter. Something that eternal summer doesn’t offer. I love living in a place where all four seasons get their chance to shine. Especially because this calls on me to clean out my apartment, and my mind more often. Living here has inspired me to step up and make the change I am looking to see. To be apart of life’s adventure in multitudes and waves. Not just in one plane. I am full of gratitude, and working each day to build upon this healthy cleansing season of change. I’m finally feeling called closer to my souls deepest nature. And to everything all my life I’ve envisioned I’d be. Join me. Start a new practice of your own this April. All change begins with the self. Kundalini is seen as a yoga that guides us through breaking and kicking bad habits for good. For me it offers a huge relief from resistance.
Lastly today I leave you with a second experiment and adventure to join me on:
A golden milk tea. Reportedly the magic beverage of Kundalini yoga. With the main ingredient turmeric, this tea helps to heal stiff joints and relax connective tissue. Kirina Virgina, a writer on Yoga journal claims when “consumed after a meal, it can act as a digestive enzyme, kind of like a baby’s last bottle of the evening. The benefits don’t stop there: Turmeric is a tonic for the liver. It also purifies the skin, lubricates the joints and ligaments, and detoxifies the bloodstream.” The purpose of this tea is to be drank after a lengthy practice of seated meditation. Since it’s so cozy, it’s a perfect turn around drink to keep you warm this spring. By the way, Kirina only wrote this article six hours ago so I am feeling really connected to this post. I’ve copied the recipe below, but here’s the link: https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/kundalini-yoga-golden-milk-recipe
"Golden Milk Recipe
Step 1: Make a turmeric paste.
- 4 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup water
Add turmeric and water to a saucepan or skillet. Simmer and stir until it forms a yellow paste. Continue stirring once it starts to thicken so it does not burn. If it gets too thick, add a little more water. Note: Heating activates the healing qualities of the turmeric.
You can keep the paste refrigerated and use a few spoonfuls whenever you would like to make golden milk. (Do not store it in a plastic container or use plastic utensils, as the mixture will start to soften the plastic.)
Step 2: Make the magic milk.
- 1 mug of milk of your choice. Cow, goat, almond, hemp, oat, macadamia, and soy are all great options. (I always use sweetened almond milk.)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric paste, adjust to your taste
- 1 tbsp sesame or coconut oil, not the toasted kind
- Honey, or other sweetener, to taste. (I add local honey during allergy season, which eliminates my allergies.)
For each serving, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat gently, just up to the boiling point. Use a whisk or beater to froth it up.
Voila—you have it! Pour into a mug, get cozy, and enjoy one of the healthiest, and most delicious drinks around."
Thank you for reading. Stay warm this April! The groundhog SAID six more weeks:)
Your Fearless Leader,